Sunday 21 July, 2019

Montego Bay residents give thumbs up to new police team in the city

Taxi operator, Clive Blackwood, gives his views to JIS News on the presence of members of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) in Montego Bay, St James.

Taxi operator, Clive Blackwood, gives his views to JIS News on the presence of members of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) in Montego Bay, St James.

The highly visible presence of members of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has hit the streets of Montego Bay in western Jamaica, and the citizenry there has been busy digesting the impact of the new team in town.

The Government’s official media arm, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) last week took to the streets of the Second City to get public viewpoints about the work of the new police personnel.

Members of the PSTEB team in training prior to the launch of the new branch of the police force in August of this year.

Below is a vox pop which was conducted by the JIS, in which members of the public largely welcomed the PSTEB officers, noting that they have been making a significant difference in the flow of traffic in the city, especially during peak hours.

However, some citizens argued that the policemen and women, decked in their neon yellow vests, need to place greater focus along some specific roadways, including Megabyte Drive in the vicinity of Vista Print; at Sam Sharpe Square; and along Orange Street.

The following were among the responses of persons who spoke with JIS News:

JUTA Tour Operator, Sydney Bennett

“This is what Montego Bay needed a long time.  I see them cover almost everywhere already. I saw them on St James Street; I saw them on Howard Cooke Boulevard; I saw them out at Gloucester Avenue and Barnett Street. I think they are doing a wonderful job.”

Motorist, Hillary Clarke

“The initiative has been a really brilliant one. It has made a difference in terms of additional security, in terms of visibility, and in terms of traffic control, which I believe we were desperately in need of. The whole initiative has been really impactful.”

Clive Blackwood, Taxi Operator who plies the Paradise/Norwood to Montego Bay route

“I have seen them one time along Union Street. When I am coming from Paradise on Albion Road to come around Cornwall College and straight down to Orange Street, we would like to see more police around that side, even two of the new ones. I am telling you, if we see the uniformed personnel around there, then people will abide by the rules. As long as there is no police around there, there will be chaos.”

Taxi Operator, Derrick James, who plies the Irwin Meadows to Montego Bay route

“The traffic in the peak hours is a little bit difficult, so when you have the police around it’s a little easier. Right at Vista Print, I was thinking about a stoplight there, but this morning (Wednesday, October 3) I saw one of the officers there and it was a little easier.”

Pedestrian and Vendor who gives his name as ‘Roger’

“Mi feel good ‘bout dem. Since dem deh ‘round, the traffic get fi more clear, and because more time you used to stop in the traffic fi long time, when dem come ‘round, the traffic always clear up.”

Pedestrian ‘Jermaine’

“It’s pretty good… because you can see the police officers from far. They are working well. I love it”.

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